straight for equality
2015 straight for equality gala co-chairs: pasty doerr & james white

Patsy Doerr is the Global Head of Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion for Thomson Reuters. This role spans Thomson Reuters’ commitment to being a responsible business as it applies to their people, their markets and world, including diversity and inclusion, corporate social responsibility and sustainability efforts.

Patsy has more than 20 years experience in talent, learning, organizational development, diversity and inclusion, employee recognition and customer engagement. She started her career in sales and marketing.

Patsy’s experience is primarily in investment banking, having held a number of global leadership roles at JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, in New York, London and most recently, Hong Kong. Before joining Thomson Reuters, Patsy was responsible for talent and learning, employee recognition, alumni relations and the global centers of excellence development effort at Credit Suisse in Asia Pacific. She was based in Hong Kong, but her responsibilities spanned 14 countries in globally and in the region.

Patsy has extensive experience with panel moderation, facilitation, communications and presentation. She was the key interviewer for CSTV in APAC and in that role, had the opportunity to work with Roger Federer and Tony Fernandes, CEO of Air Asia, to name a few celebrities. She enjoys speaking at other organizations, universities and schools, and is certified in a number of personality profiling and team building tools. She is passionate about supporting a diverse, global environment to support business goals.

Patsy sits on the Board of Trustees for Dominican High School and Marymount School for Girls, where she is also the President of the Alumni Association. Both are schools in New York City dedicated to developing strong women leaders.

Patsy has a BS in Biology (pre-medicine) from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA and a Master of Science (summa cum laude) in Adult Learning and Organizational Development from Fordham University in New York, NY.

Patsy is an avid runner, focusing on half marathons and marathons all over the world, including Cambodia, Australia, Hong Kong, Macau, New York City, and most recently, London. She has two children (a 12 year old son, Nicholas and 9 year old daughter, Ella) and lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

James White is a member of the Americas Diversity & Inclusion team at Credit Suisse.  In this role, he provides strategic consulting and thought leadership on creating an inclusive culture, believing that, through inclusion, companies can create a more diverse workforce that drives innovation and therefore, business results.

 James began his career at Merrill Lynch where he spent 15 years in Human Resources, working primarily in Talent Management leading various efforts geared toward the development of diverse talent. 

He joined Credit Suisse in 2010 as the Human Capital Project Lead for the Investment Bank where he helped to create and lead Human Capital Committees in the Equities, Fixed Income, and Investment Banking Departments.  On each committee, he added Diversity & Inclusion workstreams to focus on attracting, developing, and retaining diverse talent.  With a passion and appreciation for the impact of these workstreams, it was the Straight for Equality Gala in 2013 that inspired him to change careers, to work full time in Diversity & Inclusion.

Since then, James was selected to represent Credit Suisse on the PFLAG Business Advisory Board and served as Co-Chair of PFLAG's inaugural 2014 event "HOT! A Celebration of the Season", hosted by Chef Anne Burrell.

James is co-owner of Media at Large, a small boutique production company with over 10 years’ experience developing original diversity-based content, feature films, short films, industrials, commercials, videos, and off-Broadway plays.  James’ producer credits include two award winning films: the full length feature film Exposed and the short film Ariana.  He has also produced several stage plays including the off-Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel.  James has a number of new projects in development including the short film Subject 1, the full length feature film Mama Grace, and the off-Broadway musical Hyde & Seek.

Additionally, James serves on the Board of Directors of the Kenneth A. Smaltz Sr. Foundation, focusing on advocacy, education, and the care of families living with Alzheimer's.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Maria Torres Emerging Artist Foundation, co-founded by Vanessa Williams, whose mission is to empower pre-teens and young adults from diverse, underserved communities to achieve their professional goals in the performing arts.

James has recently been selected to join the faculty of the 2015 spring and fall D&I New Leaders Academies at The Conference Board where he will co-lead a diversity “innovation lab”, designed to evolve today’s diversity “best practices” to tomorrow’s thought leadership.